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against gun violence. also testifying the nra's wayne lapierre. the nra reached out to its members urging them to attend this senate committee hearing. in an e-mail and online in a posting the gun lobby group says "you can bet the anti-gunners will be trying to mobilize their supporters to pack the hearing room and we need to make sure that the room is filled with second amendment supporters!" dana bash is on capitol hill this morning and finding out all sorts of stuff this morning for example there was a move to bring guns into the senate committee hearing, is that going to happen? >> reporter: it's not and it was a move by two of the republican senators on the committee, two of the chief supports of gun rights, lindsey graham and ted cruz. i'm told by a spokesman for graham they're not going to do this because of lots of red tape and bureaucracy in order to allow them to do this. first and foremost assault weapons are not legal in the district of columbia so they gave up and lindsey graham is going to have pictures and posters of these weapons as his show and tell, not the actual weapon
, and request funding to treat mental illness as well as funding to enhance school safety. already the nra is on the attack before it's even seen the plan. the group released this ad which paints obama as an elitist hypocrite. >> are the president's kids more important than yours? then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school? mr. obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, but he's just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security. protection for their kids and gun free zones for ours. >> it's a tough ad. dan lothian is at the white house. but i understand the president is fighting back with his own pr strategy because when he makes his big announcement he'll be surrounded by children who wrote letters to him begging for gun control. >> reporter: that's right. you know, we see the white house do this in the past, usually it's around a fiscal fight where the president's putting pressure on congress he'll be surrounded by families from across the country. well, in fact, the
violence. >> apart from the politics involved, there's money, a lot of money involved. critics say the nra is almost too powerful to go up against. so they're feeling somewhat powerless against that big of a lobby group. to me it seems this is where the targets might lie, to try to raise enough money to go head to head, but is that really possible? >> well, i think it is possible, and you're right, money does maic a difference in communicating information and getting a message out. for my part, as a member of the congressional task force. i'm planning on reintroducing, actually, a piece of legislation that i introduced last session, specifically having to do with mental health issues, which i think is a huge part of the concern we have dealing with here. i formed a mental health task force back here at tucson. at every level, i believe, local state and federal officials, elected officials must engage the people they serve. as a second amendment supporter, i boulevard there's a right to bear arms, as confirmed by the supreme court, but i believe there have to be some limits. the assault wea
. they are the ones that are scaring american gun owners. it isn't the nra. >> tomorrow marks one month since the massacre in newtown, connecticut, and residents are meeting there this afternoon to discuss what to do with the sandy hook elementary school which now stands vacant. susan candiotti is in newtown is there any consensus among the people there, those who have been speaking, about what to do? >> reporter: marty, everyone has a different idea and we have been hearing lot of them during the course of this meeting, which is still going on. it's a public forum. one of the ideas even included creating a planetarium there so that people could go there and look at the stars. what was most powerful about this was the number of parents, victims and survivors, speaking before this crowd, some of them, at times, breaking down into tears. for example, one mother who said, "the children are so scared there, they shouldn't go back they should tear down the school, blood memorial there." another mother who had a different opinion who said that we must teach our children to be strong, that the child
, you know the nra also used the president's kids in an ad, so a lot of kids being used in this battle, brooke. >> jessica yellin at the white house. i want to continue this discussion. i want to go to las vegas for my next guest. gun shop owner jay wallace of outdoor adventures in smyrna, georgia. welcome to you. >> thank you, brooke. >> our white house correspondent was talking about something the president is proposing, this universal background checks. this really seems to be, if i may, just one of the biggies coming out of the white house. my question to you is universal background checks, what exactly would that entail? is it practical? >> well, you know, the thing is that we have to make sure that people understand they have an individual responsibility of when they're selling a firearm, that they should sell it to someone that is not mentally ill or incompetent or a felon or any of those things and that's their individual responsibility not to do that. if there are some ways where we can make it better, to where they could have a better understanding of how to do that, and enfo
with the president or ceo of the nra. but the display is against the law in washington. police officials say that there was a miscommunication between nbc and law enforcement. >>> taking a look at what's trending on the web. much to the dismay of "star wars" fans everywhere, the u.s. government will not be building a death star. the white house turned down a petition that was proposing the government create a death star superweapon. the petition received more than 34,000 signatures online. >>> a teacher is being hailed as a hero at a high school shooting in california sh week. ryan herbert stood face to face with the 16-year-old accused shooter and talked to him, buying time for other students to escape. >>> and take a look at this. video, dozens of students and parents fighting at a bus stop. police in swiss vail, pennsylvania, are stepping up patrols near this stop where two brawls now have broken out this week. >>> hollywood award season upon us and the golden globes and the academy awards are definitely in the spotlight. on thursday the academy named the nominees for the 85th annual awar
's just a little too convenient to be blaming guns for gun violence. especially when the n.r.a. has already identified the real culprits -- >> vicious, violent video games. we have blood-soaked films. our nation's refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill. >> clearly, the reason we have more gun deaths than anyone else in the industrialized world isn't the guns. it has to be that america is the only country in the world that has video games. >>> hello everyone. i'm don lemon. the stories you're talking about in just a moment. but first, let's get you up to speed on the day's headlines here. clinics and hospital emergency rooms across the country are packed with people sick with the flu, rolling up their sleeves for a flu shot. the cdc director says we won't know more weeks if the flu season has peaked. 47 states are reporting widespread flu activity right now. >>> the brother of ailing venezuelan president hugo chavez says he is recovering well from his latest search. chavez is being treated for cancer in cuba. he's been unable to return to cuba for a planned
>>> talkback question today, is it a popular one. is the nra leadership on target or out of touch? this from peter, they may be out of touch but they're fighting for rights. it's the truth. security in school, it's your kids, not his. this from anthony, the nra is spot on. none of these resolutions would have stopped these shootings. crazy people will find a way to do horrid things. this from brandy, our president loves his children and wants them protected. that's all we american parents wanted as well. and this from carolyn, totally out of touch and not listening to the cares and concerns of american citizens. their thinking is crazy and skewed. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me today. cnn newsroom continues with ashleigh banfield. >>> actually one month after president obama vowed to use "whatever power his office holds to prevent more tragedies like newtown" he is about to say exactly what that means. in a little less than an hour he'll take the wraps off a series of proposals that go beyond gun control. he's expected to push for a new ban on assault weapons and hig
their fight against the nra. >>> good to be with you here on this tuesday. i'm brooke baldwin. and i want to begin with the plane boeing says will define the future of the air travel. but for the last month or so, if you've been following this with us, the 787 dreamliner has made most of its headlines really for all these mechanical problems. here is just the latest, just a couple of hours ago, this japan airline, 787, was preparing to leaf above then when it started leaking fuel. so guess what happened? flight had to be canceled. and just yesterday morning, same airport, boston's logan airport, small fire broke out on yet another japan airline 787, just about 30 minutes after its arrival from tokyo. all the passengers and crew, they had already left the plane, but there is still a lot to talk about when we talk about what is supposed to be the revolutionary jet. let me begin with sandra endo, watching today's issue for us from washington. sandra, what happened now? >> yeah, brooke. a new day, a new problem for boeing's marquis airplane, the dreamliner, just before noon us is, the pilots
guns in the wrong hands. the nra says it merely guards against frivolous lawsuits aimed at breaking gun makers. he joins us live in this exclusive interview. >> thank you. good to be with you. >> ted kennedy said this law was bought and paid for by the nra. in your mind, what was the intent behind this law? >> the time it was passed, there were a number of suits, predominantly by municipalities against the gun industry meant to attack against the sale of saturday night specials. the proponents of the law claimed it was designed to protect them from liability simply by making an inherently dangerous product. it was written much more broadly than that. the effect has been, when gun sellers or gun manufacturers act negligently, they're immune from any kind of liability. so you can have gun dealers turning a blind eye to the sale of hundreds of weapons to straw purchasers, and when those guns are resold or conveyed to people, criminals that use them to kill people, then they can't be held liable. that makes no sense. it's a protection not needed by the good actors and not deserved by the ba
safe and responsible gun ownership works and the nra has a long and proud history of doing exactly that. our eddie eagle child safety program has it out 25 million young children that if they see a gun, they should do four things. stop, don't touch it, leave the area and call an adult. as a result of this and other private sector programs, fatal firearms accidents are at the lowest level in a hundred years. the nra has over 80,000 certified instructors who teach our military personnel, law enforcement officers, and hundreds of thousands of other american men and women how to safely use firearms. we do more and spend more than anyone else on teaching safe and responsible gun ownership. we join the nation in sorrow over the tragedy that occurred in newtown, connecticut. there is nothing more precious than our children. and we have no more sacred duty than to protect our children and to keep them safe. that's why we ask former congressman and undersecretary of homeland security asa hutchinson to bring in every available expert to develop a model school shield program. one that can be indiv
president and his task force send recommendations to the oval office. the head of the nra says he is ready to fight. >> the likelihood is they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this congress. >> stay right there. more voices from the gun control debate in a minute. >>> first, police in san diego were forced to shoot a man with a gun who ran inside a movie theater. it happened yesterday. police responding to a domestic call chased the armed suspect into a crowded theater. witnesses say moviegoers poured out as police raced inside. an officer shot the suspect, the suspect survived but is in critical condition. >>> a political wound may be reopened in egypt. former president hosni mubarak has won his appeal and is going to get a new trial. an egyptian court overturned mubarak's life sentence for his role in the killing of protesters during egypt's revolution. mubarak supporters cheered in court when the decision came down. mubarak will remain in custody until his new trial starts. his lawyer says the next court date likely in april. >>> hundreds of thousands of pe
protection from the law. bad companies don't deserve it. the nra has said the immunity provided by the 2005 law is vitally important and expected to strongly oppose schiff's bill. avery, how unique is the present immunity that gun industry enjoys? >> it's unbelievable. i think most americans would be shocked, miguel, so to know that in 2005 congress passed a law that said when it came to liability, when it came to negligence, when it came to products liability, the gun industry is absolutely immune. not only can you not bring a suit, you're not even allowed to do discovery. actually, this proposal is really an explosive way of addressing the issue of gun violence. so the question really becomes not legal but rather political. is there any possibility that the house of representatives is going to go along with representative schiff's proposal, and i think the proposal gets blown up like a tick on dracula. i don't think it has a chance. >> richard, if this immunity is taken away, what kind of lawsuits could gun manufacturers face? >> well, it's simple, miguel. for instance, if you went to buy
. they had this to say in "usa today" "we saw from the nra leadership's defiant and unsympathetic response to the newtown, connecticut, massacre that winning even the most common sense reform also require a fight." david mattingly is here with a closer look. one of the most striking things is gabrielle giffords has some clout. >> that's right. >> the question is how much clout, right? >> she is taking this fight directly to her former colleagues and she's not softening the language at all, making it clear what her intent is here, she launched a website this morning called americansforresponsiblesolutions , the intent will encourage elected officials to prevent gun violence and communicate directly with the constituents. very strong language and an op-ed in the u"usa today" she goes after the gun lobby saying special interests purporting to represent gun owners but really advancing the interests of an ideological fringe have used big money and influence to cow congress into submission, rather than working to find the balance between our rights and the regulation of a dangerous product. she
know i'm going to get booed but when i listen to the leadership of the nra saying we need more guns in the schools, i could vomit. >> those kids might have been alive if -- >> this meeting was in the city of vampa, california, wine country. many called for better access to mental health care as well. >>> as you saw the debate over gun violence reaches far and wide from town halls to the white house. vice president joe biden's gun violence task force meeting face-to-face this week with the national rifle association, the nra. vice president's team also going to sit down with top executives in the entertainment industry and the video game industry. retail giant walmart was also invited but walmart is not going to show up. in a statement walmart said "we were invited to attend the meeting on thursday, and we had scheduling conflicts. we're going to continue to stay engaged in this topic going forward." cnn reached out to walmart this morning, and it said, not attending the meeting "should not be interpreted as a slight or a diss." walmart would not confirm reports they're the largest r
an appearance before a u.s. house committee nutter slammed the nra for this ad that criticizes the president for not wanting to put armed guards in schools while his own daughters get secret service protection. mayor nutter joins me now from washington. welcome, mr. mayor. >> good morning, carol, how are you? >> what did you object to in that nra ad? >> for those of us in the political business, generally it's been pretty much an unwritten but understood rule that family and children are out of bounds, that you don't attack someone's family, if you want to attack the candidate or the elected official, certainly that's your prerogative but generally family has been considered off limits, and that doesn't add anything to legitimate dialogue that really needs to take place on the issues of public safety and gun regulations. >> although some people are also criticizing president obama for surrounding himself with children, when he held his news conference on his gun control plans yesterday. should children be used in that instance? >> i don't think those children were "used." they were there at
. >> that last speaker was new congresswoman elizabeth etsy. the bill faces big hurdles. the nra staunchly opposes the bill. the cover of the journal reads siege and says an article inside said that the gun ownerships face an assault on rights. we have a new statement to read from you. senator feinstein has been trying to ban guns from law-abiding citizens for decades. it's disa pointing, but not surprising. the american people know gun ban dos not work. a sponsor of the proposed assault weapons ban, connecticut senator richard blumenthal next hour. what are the final battle lines? one has been eliminated. women are no longer banned from combat units. leon panetta issued the order in the last 30 minutes. >> therefore today general dempsey and i are pleased to announce that we are eliminating the direct ground combat exclusion rule for women. we are moving forward with a plan to eliminate all unnecessary gender-based barriers to serve. >> eliminating the ban will take time and the assessment phase. each branch will examine all the jobs and units not accepting women and then produce a timeli
magazines, that might be possible. the nra is the big issue, but i wouldn't say it's necessarily on the republican side only. it's on the democratic side also. you have fully half of your new senate has either a-plus, a, or a-minus rating from the nra. if you want anything to happen on the gun control, at least half the senate will be upsetting the nra. that's a very difficult proposition. >> there is no more uphill fight than this. >> recommendations on gun policy are expected this month. athena jones, cnn, washington. >> photoshopping a member of congress. and nancy pelosi was left to explain why. you'll see up at the very stop there, four congressmen were added after the fact because they couldn't be there for the original photo. the others, they got tired of waiting in the cold, so they just took the picture and decided to add in the no-shows later. that group of four. okay, that's what happens. well, ahead, winter is a season that always keeps emergency responders busy. especially when they live anywhere near a large stretch of ice. >> of. >> an american airlines pilot has b
. >> reporter: the nra can simply point to what happened in 1994 when president bill clinton signed the last assault weapons ban into law. democrats lost control of both houses of congress to republicans. >> he's become the only republican candidate in indiana with an f-rating from the nra. >> reporter: last year, the nra proved it was willing to go after the gop, as well, running this tv ad against former indiana senator, dick lugar, who lost a primary battle to a more conservative challenger. are democrats as nervous about the nra as they used to be? >> no, they're not. >> reporter: maryland democratic congressman, chris van hollen says voters are eager for new gun control laws after newtown. >> if you look at the most contested national races around the country, they're in the suburbs. and in suburban areas, i think the weight of public opinion is on the side of common sense gun safety provisions. >> reporter: after biden spent days meeting with different interest groups, the latest being video game makers, the vice president doesn't seem to be in the mood to take on the entertainment ind
, but instead with the nra and then the overture to walmart, which is the world's largest retailer, and by in accounts one of the largest sellers of guns and ammunition, this is warp speed in terms of movement. the nra said it was going to send someone to learn. >> reporter: a rep. >> and walmart said they were busy and they changed that. characterize what's going on. >> reporter: that's right. it's kind of interesting what happened with walmart. essentially, they had pointed out that they had already had a meeting at the white house with the vice president and his group this week. and i checked with the white house, and they confirmed that, in fact, they had a phone meeting with them. so some sort of a phone conference call. but no face-to-face meeting. and what walmart was explaining is that the point people that they have who would be attending a meeting like this were busy at a meeting in arkansas, and that's why they could not make it. but it was certainly a pr problem for them. a lot of raised eyebrows that they would not be sending one here. and then they did that reversial,
millions of gun owners and their ultrapowerful lobbying group the nra. the latest push coming from senator dianne feinstein, the california democrat who authored the nation's original ban on assault weapons in the 1990s, but this ban would reportedly be much more strict. it would trap current gun owners and outlaw the future sale of some handguns and shotguns. joe johns joins us from washington, i understand that senator feinstein will show up holding a bushmaster. >> reporter: we don't know if she'll be holding it but we know she is going to have some weapons present that would be banned under her proposal, that would include bushmaster, as you know, they're fairly well-known, a bushmaster was we believe used by the shooter in newtown, connecticut. now, we know the broad outlines of what feinstein is likely to promow propose. it's been public for weeks. we look for detail, we expect a revised ban on the so-called military style assault weapons led to believe that means banning the sale, transfer, importation or manufacturing of about 150 firearms, some rifles, even possibly handguns, shot
the nra there, and the head of the nra spoke with candy crowley yesterday. here is a portion of that interview. >> when a president takes all the power of his office, if he's willing to expend political capital, you don't want to make predictions. you don't want to bet your house on the outcome. i would say that the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this congress. >> you mentioned assault weapons ban, one of the items the vice president mentioned possibly as part of his proposal. you heard what he just said, that coming from the nra. what do you think? >> well, the nra is going to use the muscle that it has used in prior congresses to try and fear, put fear into members' voting decisions, trying to tell them they're going to lose their elections. interestingly enough, in 2008, more recently in 2012, the nra did very poorly in terms of getting their candidates elected. we have got to do what's right for the american people. we shouldn't have a situation where people are afraid to go to a movie, to go -- to take their kids to
, magazines, that might be possible. >> the nra is the big issue. i wouldn't say it's necessarily on the republican side only. it's on the democratic side also. have you fully half of your new senate has an either a plus a or a minus rating from the nra. you have to have half the senate upsetting the nra if you want anything to happen. that's a difficult proposition. >> there is no more uphill fight than this. the question is, do we fight or do we knuckle under? >> president obama says he wants action on gun legislation this year. he's asked vice president biden to lead a task force to come up with recommendations on gun policy. they're expected this month. martin? >> house democrats are also taking a closer look at gun control and they have created a task force to look at the legislative options. the man heading that task force is california congressman mike thompson, a vietnam veteran, a gun owner and a member of the congressional sports man's caucus and he joins he now from san francisco. thank you for being with us. >> thank you, martin. i'm glad you're interested in it. >> yo
from the nra's leadership's defiant and unsympathetic response to the connectic connecticut massacre winning the common sense reforms will require a fight. and they're not letting congress off the hook on this either. giffords making comments it directly to her former colleagues pointing out it's been two years since she survived that deadly attack in tucson and now she said, congress in that time has done something extraordinary -- nothing at all. very strong words to start this campaign. we're going to wait now to see where they go from here. >> what's our sense of it? we don't have details yes about how this giffords campaign is going to work. what does it look like the strategy might be based on what you know so far? >> reporter: talking about creating a conversation about, quote, a gun violence prevention. most of all, they're also calling the fact that they want to be able to match the gun lobby not only in its influence but also its resources. when you go to the website, the new website they've created for americans for responsible solutions, it's very clear there they have a
control laws. executive vice president of the nra said the focus should be on making schools more secure, more aggressive. prosecution of gun criminals and fixing the country's mental health system. wayne la pierre says gun laws are not the answer. >> while we are ready to participate in a meaningful effort to solve these pressing problems we must disagree with some members of the committee and many in the media and all the gun control groups on what will keep our kids and keep our streets safe. law abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals. nor do we believe government should dictate what we clawfulln and use to protect our families. we have to be honest about what works and what does not work. proposals that would serve to burden the law abiding have failed in the past and will fail in the future. semi-automatic firearm technology has been around for a hundred years. they are the most popular guns for hunting, target shooting, self-defense. despite this fact, congress banned the manufacture and sale of hundreds of semi-automatic firearms and
seemed to generate new -- fresh opposition from that ban to the nra and even harry reid question wlits could pass congress. given that how hard will you push for an assault weapons ban and what other measures would need to be included in a broad package in order to curb gun violence successfully? >> like i said t vice president and a number of the members of my cabinet went through a very thorough progress over the past month, meeting a lot of stake holders in this, including the nra, listened to proposals from all quarters and they presented me now with a list of sensible common sense steps that can be taken to make sure that the kinds of violence we saw at newtown doesn't happen again, i am going to be meeting with the vice president today, i expect to have a fuller presentation later in the week to give people some specifics about what i think we need to do. my starting point is not to worry about the politics, my starting point is to focus on what makes sense, what works. what should we be doing to make sure that our children are safe and that hear reducing the incidence of gun vio
the nra president had to say today on cnn's "state of the union" with candy crowley. and that will be coming up. >>> tomorrow marks one month since the school massacre in newtown, connecticut a town hall has been scheduled for tomorrow and resident he is today are meeting to discuss what to do with the sandy hook elementary school which now stands vacant. cnn national correspondent, susan candiotti is in newtown. susan is there any consensus among the people who are speaking about what to do? >> reporter: oh, marty, i think at this stage, people would be surprised if there would be a consensus. i mean, it's so early and so fresh in everyone's mind. after all, 27 people were killed during that terrible mass shooting, including -- including several children ages 6 and 7. and at this meeting, we heard a range of opinions about what should happen. this lasted an hour and a half. i was struck by the number of sandy hook parents who were here. one of them said this was such a horrible thing that happened that they should just tear down the school and instead put a memorial
know, the nra is not in line with an awful lot of their members, and that is something we're counting on to go forward. i've gone through this before. i know what the battles are going to be. i know the nra is probably already out there. you probably saw that new ad that they just put out attacking the president and his two daughters. that's crazy. everybody knows that the president and his family have to be protected. but to try to push that over on to the, their probably most radical members of the nra, that's now how the general public feels. i believe we can do it. this time it is different. this time it's gone to the heart of every mother, father, gra grandparent thinking about their children, grandchildren. we have to do something. all these mass killings and the killings that happen every single day, as the president said, 900 people have died since the day that sandy hook happened. that's too many of our people. i'm speaking as a nurse. it's cost us over $200 billion a year for those that survive. and for everything that we need to do to protect our cities and our communities.
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of gun advocacy groups including the nra. biden heads a panel looking for ways to curb gun violence. right now as we speak, he is meeting with sports men and women as well as representatives of wildlife interest groups. that meeting started in the last hour. next hour he meets with the nra and gun owners groups. later, he hears from representatives of the entertainment industry. white house correspondent dan lothian joining us now live. dan, the vice president says he's committed to hearing from all sides in the gun debate. sounds like that's what's happening. what do we expect from the meeting with the nra? one imagines there's not a lot of common ground, or is he just there to listen? >> reporter: you know, i don't think there's a lot of common ground. one thing that everyone agrees on is that there is this problem of gun violence. you know, you had a number of these mass shootings, and that something needs to be done. i think how to tackle the problem is the big challenge here. the white house believing that there has to be this comprehensive approach of gun control but also deal
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around this table. you should know that tomorrow i have also invited the gun owners and the nra to come and make their case, as well. >> well, to help us set the stage through all of this i want to bring in jeffrey toobin. the gun lobby says this is all about the second amendment. where is the legal line between the so-called individual right to bear arms and government responsibility to look after people? >> well, michael, i am going to give you a ringing i'm not sure to that answer because the supreme court has not really classified th clarified this. in 2008 the supreme court said there is a constitutional right under the second amendment to possess a hand gun in your home for self protection. how does that apply to larger weapons? how does it apply to weapons outside the home? how does it apply to background checks for the purchase of weapons? these are legal questions that remain open now. it is probably true that assault weapon bands would have no problems constitutionally. because the supreme court has really changed the understanding of the second amendment and people can read i
. the news is now. showdown at the white house. find out what happens when joe biden meets the nra and movie execs about gun control. plus one group wants to see pictures of osama bin laden's body. now a court is hearing its case against the president. and -- >> the nominees are -- >> the glitz, the glamour, the controversy. some big names left off the oscar list. you will hear them, right after this. >>> here we go. top of the hour, breaking news. i'm brooke baldwin. we have a school shooting in taft, california. we want to go to george howell. glancing at me e-mail, all schools in kern county, california, all schools on lockdown with the exception of this high school which has been evacuated. >> we are talking about taft union high school, about 45 minutes away from bakersfield where we are getting a lot of our information from kero tv. they have taken calls from students hiding in closets, brooke, while this was happening. we know at this point according to their reporting at least three victims in this case at taft union high school. we also know that the shooter, apparently taken into c
. harry reid has had a very high record from the nra, very high ranking from the nra. any of us who have been to nevada know that there is a very big gun culture there and the other surrounding states. frankly, the two senators from nevada and idaho where there is great gun culture have just as much votes as the two senators from california or from some other northeastern states. and i think it's important that the white house listen to some of these voices coming from some of the more rural areas like an idaho, like a nevada, because they vote, too. and we need to make them part of the debate. i've been very concerned to -- sorry. >> they'll clearly be listened to. that's not the point. the issue is how you build consensus for real gun -- >> have you seen folks from out west from the rural areas be part of the debates on the sunday shows? >> absolutely. ? i've seen a lot of urban mayor, but not the folks from the west. gr then you should listen up to what center joe manchin had to say from west virginia where he had the courage to say he recognized the need to review these issues of gun
shooting. saying that the gun control debate in washington is behind it. nra president david keene tells cnn he doubts congress will do anything. >> one of the things that we have pushed for for a number of years is including those who have been adjudicated to be mentally incompetent and potentially dangerous onto the lists of those people who are prohibited from buying firearms, that has not been done that should be done. because most of the people who engage in these sort of things are people who have had real trouble. for example, some years ago, the virginia tech shooter, would not have been able to purchase a firearm, had that been done in virginia. >> in newtown, connecticut, that town is slowly trying to carry on. among the important pieces of business, what to do with the sandy hook elementary school building. our susan candiotti is live in newtown where a meeting about the school is about to begin. and susan, what's happening there now? >> well hi, marty, as you said, it's been a month since the tragedy happened. and literally, there are signs still around newtown, in tribute to
her case for banning military assault rifles on "state of the union" today. nra may be the dominant gun group but most of the country sides with curbing assault weapons and violence. >> i think you reached a point, where i said earlier, that enough is enough. do military assault weapons belong on our streets? and the answer according to the maimer chiefs of police, according to the largest police organization in the world is absolutely no. >> but republican congressman marsha blackburn has a different view about gun control. >> we need to be looking at the root causes. some of these psychotropic drug and let this not be the weapon. let's talk about some of the root issues. i understand the senator's passion for this. but i have to tell you, an assault ban is not the answer to helping keep people safe. >> in an interview with the new republic magazine, president obama says gun owners will not be forgotten in the ongoing debate. the president said he has "p "profound for hunting that dateses back for generations." >>> this could be hillary clinton's last week as secretary of state. we
the nra remains the biggest obstacle to passing a ban on assault-style rifles. dianne feinstein speaks with cannily crowley. >> they come after you, put money down to defeat you. >> her proposal faces what she called an uphill fight, but she said she's confident she can get it to the senate floor for a vote. so let's talk more with cnn contributor lz granderson and ann. hello to you. thank you, guys. we haven't spoken in quite a while. the president is scheduled to make a speech on imgation reform and republican congressman paul ryan says he thinks this is one issue where the two parties can make a deal. here's what he said this morning. >> i think there are republicans and democrats that can come together with a good solution to make sure that this problem is fixed once and for all, and i think those rubio principles do a really good job of adhering to the founding principles, respecting the ruling law and for those who came here for a better life. >> is this an idea that's come? >> i absolutely think so. i think it's been played tra strategical strategically. marco roubio who's part
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